Commemorate one of the greatest baseball players who ever lived through this collection of the best Babe Ruth quotes!
Babe Ruth played for different teams, including the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox, and the Atlanta Braves. However, among all these, he dedicated most of his career to playing under the Yankees.
He was known as the “Sultan of Swat,” the “Great Bambino,” and the “Behemoth of Bust.” These titles were well-deserved because Babe Ruth was more than an ordinary player.
He gave every game his all, and he left an undeniable mark and legacy in the field of baseball that extends to many aspects of people’s lives.
Because he was so great, many people deemed him to have had superhuman athletic abilities.
Coupled with his amazing personality and humor, Babe Ruth remains one of the most celebrated athletes globally, even years after death.
Check out the list below to find out more about this fantastic ballplayer!
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Best Babe Ruth Quotes
1. “Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.”
2. “Remember, kid, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart, kid, and you’ll never go wrong.”
3. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
4. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”
5. “Baseball was, is, and always will be, to me, the best game in the world.”
Famous Babe Ruth Quotes
6. “The only real game, I think, in the world, is baseball.”
7. “I swing big, with everything I’ve got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can.”
8. “Pitching just felt like the most natural thing in the world. Striking out batters was easy.”
9. “Watch my dust.”
10. “Baseball is the greatest game in the world and deserves the best you can give it.”
11. “I’m only going one way.”
Inspirational Babe Ruth Quotes
12. “Love the game of baseball and baseball will love you.”
13. “I hear the cheers when they roared and the jeers when they echoed.”
14. “Don’t be afraid to take advice. There’s always something new to learn.”
15. “Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.”
16. “If you try hard enough, you’re bound to come out on top.”
17. “Don’t worry about my weight. Fifteen pounds more and I’ll be grand. I never felt better in my life. I’m going to lead the league in batting again and maybe I’ll make a new home run record.”
Motivational Babe Ruth Quotes to Push You to Do Better
18. “I won’t be happy until we have every boy in America between the ages of 6 and 16 wearing a glove and swinging a bat.”
19. “I have only one superstition. I touch all the bases when I hit a home run.”
20. “Don’t ever forget two things I’m going to tell you. One, don’t believe everything that’s written about you. Two, don’t pick up too many checks.”
21. “What do I think about when I strike out? I think about hitting home runs.”
22. “Let me show you how it’s done, loser!”
23. “They started something here, and the kids are keeping the ball rolling.”
Babe Ruth Quotes About Baseball and His Career
24. “What I am, what I have, what I am going to leave behind me—all this I owe to the game of baseball.”
25. “I said I’m going to hit the next one right over the flagpole. God must have been with me.”
26. “Baseball changes through the years. It gets milder.”
27. “How to hit home runs: I swing as hard as I can, and I try to swing right through the ball. The harder you grip the bat, the more you can swing it through the ball, and the farther the ball will go.”
28. “I’ve never heard a crowd boo a homer, but I’ve heard plenty of boos after a strikeout.”
29. “How about a little noise? How do you expect a man to putt?”
30. “I hit an inside-the-park home run! I beat it out! Can you believe that?”
31. “They can boo and hoot me all they want. That doesn’t matter to me. But when a fan calls insulting names from the grandstand and becomes abusive, I don’t intend to stand for it.”
Babe Ruth Quotes Packed With Lessons
32. “A part of control is learning to correct your own weaknesses. The person doesn’t live who was born with everything. Sometimes, he has one weak point. Generally, he has several.”
33. “All ballplayers should quit when it starts to feel as if all the baselines run uphill.”
34. “Who is richer? The man who is seen, but cannot see? Or the man who is not being seen, but can see?”
35. “As a rule, people think that if you give boys a football or a baseball or something like that, they naturally become athletes right away. But you can’t do that in baseball.”
36. “Wealth is always attracted, never pursued.”
37. “A man ought to get all he can earn. A man who knows he’s making money for other people ought to get some of the profit he brings in. Don’t make any difference if it’s baseball or a bank or a vaudeville show. It’s business, I tell you. There ain’t no sentiment to it. Forget that stuff.”
Insightful Babe Ruth Quotes on Life and His Experiences
38. “Life is a game like any other; we just don’t take it as seriously.”
39. “I’d give a year of my life if I could hit a home run on the opening day of this great new park.”
40. “If it wasn’t for baseball, I’d be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery.”
41. “I thank heaven we have had baseball in this world, the kids, our national pastime.”
42. “You know this baseball game of ours comes up from the youth—that means the boys. And after you’ve been a boy, and grow up to know how to play ball, then you come to the boys you see representing themselves today in our national pastime.”
43. “Reading isn’t good for a ballplayer. Not good for his eyes. If my eyes went bad even a little bit, I couldn’t hit home runs. So I gave up reading.”
44. “A man who works for another is not going to be paid any more than he is worth; you can bet on that.”
45. “Well, the good Lord and good luck must have been with me because I did exactly what I said I was going to do.”
Babe Ruth Quotes That Zoom in on Teamwork
46. “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”
47. “Baseball always has been and always will be a game demanding team play.”
48. “I’m glad that I’ve played every position on the team because I feel that I know more about the game and what to expect of the other fellows.”
49. “I’ve heard people say that the trouble with the world is that we haven’t enough great leaders. I think we haven’t enough great followers. I have stood side by side with great thinkers—surgeons, engineers, economists; people who deserve a great following—and have heard the crowd cheer me instead.”
50. “The first thing is to know your faults. And then take on a systematic plan of correcting them. You know the old saying about a chain only being as strong as its weakest link. The same can be said in the chain of skills a man forges.”
51. “Why should I try to hurt any ballplayers? We are all out there trying to make a living, and no man worthwhile would deliberately try to injure another.”
Interesting Babe Ruth Quotes
52. “I didn’t mean to hit the umpire with the dirt, but I did mean to hit that bastard in the stands.”
53. “I’m afraid that someday I’ll kill some pitcher. It is one thing I’ve always dreaded.”
54. “To my sick little pal, I will try to knock you another homer, maybe two today.”
55. “If I’d tried for them dinky singles I could’ve batted around 600.”
56. “As soon as I got out there, I felt a strange relationship with the pitcher’s mound. It was as if I’d been born out there.”
57. “The curve and the fast one are important. The change of pace and the other trick deliveries are great but they’re not worth a plugged nickel unless you have control to go along with them.”
58. “I’ll promise to go easier on drinking and to get to bed earlier, but not for you. Fifty thousand dollars or two hundred and fifty thousand dollars, will I give up women. They’re too much fun.”
59. “I copied Jackson’s style because I thought he was the greatest hitter I had ever seen, the greatest natural hitter I ever saw. He’s the guy who made me a hitter.”
Babe Ruth Quotes That Will Tell You More About the Sport He Loved Most
60. “By ‘baseball,’ I mean good square American sportsmanship because baseball represents America in sport.”
61. “Experience helps you a lot in this game, just as in any other.”
62. “All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it. I get back to the dugout and they ask me what it was I hit and I tell them I don’t know except it looked good.”
63. “That’s easy. The new rules have made these pitchers turn square, and their offerings have been clouted.”
64. “Gee, it’s lonesome in the outfield. It’s hard to keep awake with nothing to do.”
65. “The pitchers are not pitching as they used to and the batters have a better chance.”
66. “There’s one thing in baseball that always gets my goat and that’s the intentional pass. It isn’t fair to the batter. It isn’t fair to his club. It’s a raw deal for the fans and it isn’t baseball.”
67. “The most important thing that a young athlete must do is pick the right sport. Not one that they like just a little bit, but one that they love. Because, if they don’t really love their sport, they won’t work as hard as they should. Me? I loved to hit.”
68. “If we get down to unfair advantages in our national game, we are putting out a mighty bad advertisement.”
69. “I’ve got five big years ahead of me now, and I guess I’ll have five more after that. What’s the use of going further along than that? I haven’t even thought of quitting the game. I feel like I was just starting in to begin.”
70. “Aw, everybody knows that game, the day I hit the homer off ole Charlie Root there in Wrigley Field, the day October first, the 3rd game of that 32 World Series. But right now, I want to settle all arguments. I didn’t exactly point to any spot, like the flagpole. Anyway, I didn’t mean to, I just sorta waved at the whole fence, but that was foolish enough. All I wanted to do was give that thing a ride outta the park—anywhere.”
More Babe Ruth Quotes
71. “Cobb is a prick. But he sure can hit. God Almighty, that man can hit.”
72. “Lots of times, I hear men being roasted for not doing this or that when I know, from my all-around experience, that they couldn’t have been expected to do it. It’s a pity some of our critics hadn’t learned the game from every position.”
73. “I don’t give a damn about any actors. What good will John Barrymore do you with the bases loaded and two down in a tight ball game? Either I get the money or I don’t play!”
74. “I have the same violent temper my father and older brother had. Both died of injuries from street fights in Baltimore, fights begun by flare-ups of their tempers.”
75. “I don’t need to know where the green is. Where is the golf course?”
76. “I know, but I had a better year than Hoover.”
77. “Paris ain’t much of a town.”
78. “I learned early to drink beer, wine, and whiskey. And I think I was about five when I first chewed tobacco.”
79. “I’d play for half my salary if I could hit in this dump all the time.”
80. “The termites have got me.”
What Do You Think of Babe Ruth’s Influence on Society and the Sports Industry?
Babe Ruth was quite a unique individual who lived life by his own rules. He did what he wanted but always did his best when he was out on the field.
But, even though he was considered a rule-breaker, Babe Ruth had an outstanding personality and a big heart. He promised a sick child that he would hit a home run for him, and that’s precisely what he did.
Sadly, Babe Ruth didn’t live past 53 as he suffered and died from cancer. This doesn’t mean his legacy and everything he stood for didn’t live on as well, though. Until this day, Babe Ruth is still a household name and is an idol for many young athletes and kids.
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